Eastside Gateway Homes
Small Homes Community
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Floor Area: 1,000 SF
After acquiring several sites and demolishing a few houses, the Kalamazoo County Land Bank worked with the Eastside Neighborhood Association to re-think this area on East Michigan between Phelps and Foresman. Several neighborhood meetings later, the concept for 7 new one and two-bedroom affordable small houses emerged. Project development lead to these factors:
- Extensive site work was required to create seven buildable sites and to minimize the impact of the overall slope of the combined parcels.
- To keep the houses energy efficient and affordable, the homes were designed to be energy-star compliant and “net zero ready”. Additionally, the buildings are oriented and prepped for the future addition of solar panels.
- To maximize affordability, the first of the houses was generously built by volunteers from the Kalamazoo Homebuilders’ Association, and Habitat for Humanity will be building the final two homes.